Opinion: regarding Daunte Wright’s death

Anonymous Dordt Student

On April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright died.

Daunte Wright was 20 years old.

Daunte Wright was unarmed.

Daunte Wright was killed by a gun.

On a Sunday afternoon in April, a Brooklyn Center police officer, Kim Potter, pulled over Daunte Wright for a simple traffic violation. After discovering that there was a warrant for his arrest, police proceeded to arrest Wright and after a brief struggle, Daunte Wright was killed, with his girlfriend in the passenger seat. Kim Potter killed Daunte Wright with a handgun, weighing approximately a few pounds. A taser weighs approximately 8 ounces. Potter confused her gun for a taser. She has now resigned from the force and been charged with second-degree manslaughter. The Brooklyn Center Police Department Chief, Tim Gannon said, “It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet.”

Sunday night, people started gathering outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, accumulating to hundreds. After orders for the crowd to disperse and a curfew put in place, police utilized teargas, flash bangs, and started making arrests. There is a fight for justice happening in this country because Daunte Wright’s situation could have been different had he been white. George Floyd’s situation could have been different had he been white. Ahmaud Arbery’s situation could have been different had he been white. You want peace and order. They want the same basic human rights that you have. Your peace and order deserve to be protested if that is what it takes to move toward the necessary changes that need to take place in our country. I don’t want to see the broken pieces of our country put back together. I want those pieces shattered until the only thing we can do is create something new.

Ask yourself questions. When have you experienced feeling like you were in danger because of the color of your skin? When has your father sat you down and had to explain to you exactly how you need to act if a cop pulls you over? When has that been a life or death situation for you? How hard have you tried to find compassion, listen, or contributed to making actual change in our country? When have you prayed for the protests and violence in Minneapolis to stop before you prayed for the family of an innocent black man that died at the hand of a cop?

Daunte Wright died on Sunday. Monday morning, he wasn’t there to be with his baby girl. He wasn’t there to be with his mom or girlfriend or friends and family. He should still be with us because Daunte was a child of God, just like you and just like me.

On April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright died.

Daunte Wright’s life mattered.

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